What is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a procedure that is carried out on men that prevents the sperm from traveling into the urethra and through to the penis. The procedure involves cutting the vas deferens, which is located just below the scrotal skin. No scalpel or micro-incision surgical techniques have been proved to be the best, in terms of carrying out the procedure within minimal complications. Patients having a vasectomy will be given a local anaesthetic in the scrotal area and either side of the vans deferens. Also, you can have the procedure under intravenous sedation, this will help relax you into a sleep during the procedure. Once the vans deferens has been cut, it can be left open but in most cases the ends will be stitched and sealed with heat. The two ends are then positioned away from each other using a small piece of tissue. This helps to ensure that the two ends do not re-join. A vasectomy offers a permanent solution to contraception, as it means the male will no longer be fertile.
Will I experience pain after a vasectomy?
You may have some swelling, bruising and pain in the scrotal area after the procedure. You can ease the discomfort by taking panadol/paracetamol based pain killers and applying ice packs to the scrotal area. Most men find that they do not require pain relief after day four. You will also need to spend the first four days as quiet and horizontal as possible. You can shower but you will need to keep the scrotal area dry as possible, so no baths or swimming. Wearing tight fitting underpants will also help support your scrotal area. You should be feeling back to normal and all bruising gone within 10-14 days.
Our professional and friendly team are always ready to answer any questions you may have before or after the procedure and will keep you well informed. You will be contacted the day after the procedure and you will also have a follow up appointment at the clinic.
How effective is vasectomy at preventing pregnancy?
Vasectomy is one of the most effective forms of contraception. However, you will still need to use alternative contraception after the procedure, as the vas deferens will still contain sperm, meaning that you are still fertile. The time it takes for you to expel the sperm, will depend upon the amount of sex you have. Two months after the procedure, you will be required to ejaculate into a sample jar and this will be tested by a pathology laboratory to ensure that the sample no longer contains sperm. Until you produce a sample that is clear, you will need to continue to use an alternative form of contraception.
Should I consider having a vasectomy?
Vasectomy is only an option if you and your partner are 100% certain that you do not want anymore children, or that you do not want children at all. Vasectomy is a permanent form of contraception and reversal is expensive and not very successful.